Southern hairy-nosed wombat
Wombats are marsupials which means females give birth to underdeveloped young (joeys). Joeys climb into the mother’s pouch, where they attach to a teat and drink milk. Wombat pouches face backwards so that theirpouches do not fill with dirt when they are digging. Joeys leave the pouch around 10 months of age.
With their powerful limbs and shovel-like feet, wombats are excellent diggers. Their burrows usually consist of extensive tunnels with up to 20 entrances. Wombats can crush intruding predators against the ceiling of their burrows with their flat, boney bottoms.
The hairy-nosed wombats are distinguished from common wombats by their soft grey-brown fur and their large square noses. They also have longer ears. The southern hairy-nosed wombat is the smallest of all three wombat species.
The southern hairy-nosed wombat is related to the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii). There are two colonies of northern hairy-nosed wombats in Queensland; Epping Forest National Park and a successful relocation colony in St. George.